Today a few of us were fortunate enough to have been invited to a chat with the well respected designers at Hemingway Design about the future of the old Tropicana. As you may know, the pool has been filled in and we’re now in discussion about the next step for the venue after the phenomenal success of Dismaland last summer. Then, during December and January, Theatre Orchard, in collaboration with NSC, proved that part of the indoor venue makes for a great theatre space.
As residents, it’s really important that we have our say, so we’d like your ideas about what you’d like to see in WsM and then we’ll collate those responses to send to Hemingway Design.
The thinking is that it could be used as a venue to host many different projects, some permanent, some temporary. We’re really close to Bristol so we’re aware that WsM may pull in visitors from there and elsewhere in the West Country/further afield. This could be an exciting hub of culture and fun. Some ideas are:
* Festivals and music events
* Film and theatre space
* Skate park
* Exhibition and wedding venue
* Creative space for young people and start up business
* A social space
* An art space
It could actually be used as all or most of these things at different times of the year. There are no restrictions – ie it won’t be one thing all year round (though some aspects of it may well be permanent). It’s a good idea to take into consideration what already exists in the town and close by and to use this opportunity to offer residents and visitors alike something really excellent, something that uses this big space wisely and to maximum effect.
What do you think, locals? Any other ideas? And please – don’t forget to ask the kids too!
- Photo by Keith Ramsey